Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Game #86- Toronto Blue Jays (46-40) @ Chicago White Sox (37-50) - game recap


Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit an 8th inning 2-run HR in a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the White Sox

After an off-day yesterday, the Blue Jays hit the road for a week-long road trip that started tonight in Chicago. The Blue Jays swept the White Sox back in Toronto at the end of April, outscoring the White Sox 20-2. Chris Bassitt got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. The rest of the lineup was thesame as Sunday's game. Could the Blue Jays snap the 3-game skid and start the week and road trip of with a win? Here is tonight's game recap. 

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the 4th as Whit Merrifield doubled scoring Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Brandon Belt
  • The White Sox took the lead in the bottom of the 6th as Luis Roberts Jr bashed a 3-run blast to left-center; also scoring Tim Anderson and Andrew Benintendi
  • Lucas Giolito pitching line: 6IP 4H 2R (both earned) 2BB 4K 96 pitches (58 for strikes)
  • Chris Bassittc pitching line: 6IP 6H 3R (all earned) 1BB 5K 83 pitches (57 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays retook the lead in the top of the 8th as Guerrero Jr.  smashed a 2- run blast to the opposite field in right; also scoring Cavan Biggio 
  • Jordan Romano pitched a perfect 9th for his 25th save of the season
  • Final score: Blue Jays 4 White Sox 3

My Take:

  • Chris Bassitt pitched 6 solid innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 5. Bassitt will want the pitch that Luis Roberts Jr Drilled over the wall in left-center to give the White Sox the lead, but he pitched well enough to win if the Blue Jays had given him a bit more run support.Bassitt could be a candidate to replace a pitcher on the all star roster if there's an injury. 
  • The bullpen was solid today,  giving up just one hit while striking out 4 over the last 3 innings. Jordan Romano struck out the side to end the game with a bang 
  • Speaking of bangs, Vlad hit a rocket to the opposite field in right to give the z Blue Jays a late lead. Whit Merrifield earlier hit a 2-run RBI double that Vlad scored on. 
  • Lack of attention to detail nearly cost the Blue Jays in the 8th when George Springer allowed Tim Anderson to get a triple because Springer just kind of sat on the wall in foul territory after the ball glanced off his glove. Thankfully Erik Swanson was able to pitch out of that jam 
  • Up next, the Blue Jays go for their second straight win and 17th series win of the season. Jose Berrios starts against White Sox righty Lance Lynn.